02 May 2008

Very Worried!

I think it was obvious that Gordon Brown's Labour Party was going to do badly. Gordon is a poor leader and his budget last year - u-turning on the Labour 10p tax rate to pay for the 22p to 20p Basic Rate cut and rise in Inheritance Tax allowances was a Tory budget redistributing from poor to rich.

Any Labour leader who does that to appease the Tory press and hope to win votes is an idiot with no principles and deserves to lose his job.

Ever since he bottled an election he would have won last autumn, Gordon has shown himself incapable of...
making brave decisions. If the Labour party want to save itself it has to make those brave decisions for him and that means getting rid of this right wing buffoon before it is too late.

Talking of right wing buffoons, I think the current Tory party of David Cameron, George Osbourne and Boris Johnson is even scarier than Thatcher and Tebbit in the 70s. Much as Thatcher and Tebbit were clueless about the poor and heartless in how they entrenched inequality there was an underlying feeling that perhaps they weren't deliberately being horrible. Boris, Cameron and Osbourne however, just remind you of those arrogant Tory thugs in the young Conservatives with no compassion or feeling at all for those they consider beneath them.

If this is what the future holds then I want to get out as soon as possible.

The omens are not good for Ken in London either. I still hope the large turnout in inner London has saved him. The fact that all sides predict this race to be so close in a time of deep distress for the Labour party nationally is a tribute to Ken's policies and abilities , but that won't count for much if he loses.

The large turnout should at least hopefully prevent the BNP from getting a seat on the assembly. I wait in trepidation of the possible Boris win and still hope Ken has somehow pulled it off. If he hasn't my interest in politics will nosedive to the point where I might not bother with this blog anymore. Such is my despondency at a country where the biased Tory press rules and decent honest politics is the loser.

10 comments:

  1. Fair play to you for sticking your head above the parapet on such a ghastly Friday morning. I do not agree with most of what you've said, but remember that politics is a pendulum and it will swing back to Labour.

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  2. "politics is a pendulum and it will swing back to Labour."

    In a decade or two.

    I see the knives are out for Brown, no surprises there then.

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  3. As Maggie once said, "Rejoice! Rejoice!"

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  4. PS "Decent honest politics"!?!

    I must have been out the day that was on TV!

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  5. Neil I often agree with you, and obviously Brown is a major liability for the Labour Party (he does nothing, nothing, raises taxes on the poor, nothing...) but I don't think replacing him is electorally possible.

    If Labour tried to remove Brown - and under the current rules is would be incredible difficult - the right-wing press would have a field day about a government in chaos. The Liberals can afford to change leader twice in one parliamentary term, not us.

    In the absense of a real Social Democratic agenda by the Government, the only thing stopping it going into freefall is the sense of continuity with the last decade (and its reputatation of Labour in power despite the knock-backs) which Brown represents.

    I think we have to dig deep, hold our ground and, if possible after the next election, rewnew our case for electoral reform.

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  6. Who could replace Brown? Jack Straw? And even if Brown were replaced it is going to look like cynical desperation. You are now probably best served by sticking with the useless lump.

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  7. I am not a fan of Miliband - but he would give Labour a fresh image - people tend to give a new face the benefit of doubt for a few months.

    On thing is certain we are heading for anihilation under Brown, how could things get any worse by changing leader?

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  8. I am not a fan of Miliband - but he would give Labour a fresh image - people tend to give a new face the benefit of doubt for a few months

    Miliband is substantially to the right of Brown. You might as well vote for Cameron!

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  9. Changing the leader is no use without a radical change in policies. Stop sucking up to fat cats and pandering to the Daily Mail, stop chipping away at civil liberties, scrap Trident, scrap identity cards, scrap airport expansion, bring the troops home, renationalise and electrify the railways, start building the Severn barrier, tell the USA to bog off, and above all get on with wholesale constitutional reform including proportional representation.
    I can't see any of the present lot doing these things. They are all too compromised by Blairite-Brownism.

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  10. Changing the leader is no use without a radical change in policies. Stop sucking up to fat cats and pandering to the Daily Mail, stop chipping away at civil liberties, scrap Trident, scrap identity cards, scrap airport expansion, bring the troops home, renationalise and electrify the railways, start building the Severn barrier, tell the USA to bog off, and above all get on with wholesale constitutional reform including proportional representation

    *fx* Applause *fx*

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